Jeffrey Brown

  • October 14, 2016  

    From the “birther” controversy to beauty queens, this year’s presidential election has granted endless fodder for late-night comedians. How do Seth Meyers and his fellow talk-show hosts strike a balance between political analysis and humor? Meyers joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the antics of Donald Trump, why Meyers travels with his desk and his show’s biggest competition. Continue reading

  • October 10, 2016  

    Fighting in Yemen struck a new chord over the weekend, when a Saudi Arabian airstrike on a funeral gathering killed more than 140 people. Saudi forces have been bombing the country for months, with logistical help from the U.S. in fighting Houthi rebels and al-Qaida forces. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Michael Hanna of The Century Foundation about why this attack is creating a different reaction. Continue reading

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    Watch interviews with Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates and more than a dozen other authors at the National Book Festival. Continue reading

  • September 19, 2016  

    The Library of Congress has a new chief: Carla Hayden. Most of her predecessors in the role have come from scholarly institutions, but Hayden is a librarian through and through. She is also the first woman and the first African American to take charge of the nation’s oldest and largest collection. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Hayden about the continuing importance of the library in the digital age. Continue reading

  • August 29, 2016  

    “Another Brooklyn,” by Jacqueline Woodson, is not a typical coming-of-age novel. It takes place in Brooklyn in the 1970s, an environment in which drugs were ubiquitous, white flight was on the rise and young girls of color relied on each other for support. Woodson grew up in that era herself, and Jeffrey Brown meets with her in Brooklyn to discuss how she sees writers as ‘history keepers.’ Continue reading

  • August 25, 2016  

    One hundred years ago today, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act, creating the National Park Service. To reflect, Jeffrey Brown takes his Bookshelf segment outdoors to Virginia’s Great Falls Park. He’s joined by Terry Tempest Williams to discuss her new book, which narrates the stories of America’s “sacred lands,” the power they offer visitors and the challenges of maintaining them. Continue reading

  • August 23, 2016  

    Corporal punishment is still used in 21 states’ public schools. Proponents say the method can motivate children to behave, but research suggests otherwise. Trey Clayton, for instance, was paddled repeatedly in school as a teenager, ultimately suffering a broken jaw and dropping out. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Education Week’s Sarah Sparks for our weekly education segment, “Making the Grade.” Continue reading

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    August 19, 2016  

    The Olympics conclude this weekend, but the news coming out of Rio is still nonstop. Four U.S. swimmers who said they had been robbed now admit fabricating their story, while Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt could earn his ninth career gold. Also, the Paralympics are in jeopardy due to budgetary issues. Jeffrey Brown speaks to Christine Brennan of USA Today and NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro for details. Continue reading

  • August 19, 2016  

    In his newest film, Werner Herzog is again asking existential questions — this time, about the internet. In “Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World,” released in theaters on Friday, Herzog analyzes this ever-expanding fortress of information, and how it promises possibilities of both progress and catastrophe. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Herzog about his latest inquiry into human nature. Continue reading

  • August 15, 2016  

    At lower Manhattan’s International Center for Photography, the new exhibit “Public, Private, Secret” examines the changing role of privacy in light of contemporary surveillance and oversharing. The exhibition offers a historical perspective on voyeurism and surveillance and considers the definition of photography in the digital age, when camera access is nearly universal. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading